Tigran Hamasyan

  • February 13, 2018

Pianist/composer Tigran Hamasyan offers the listener a potent aural recipe consisting of masterful jazz improvisation fused with the rich folkloric music of his native Armenia. Winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Piano Competition in 2006, he has subsequently become one of the most remarkable and distinctive jazz-fusion pianists of his generation with a fresh sound marked by an exploration of time signatures beyond 4/4 into 5/4 and 9/8, charged dynamics alternating between acoustic and electric modes of expression often mixed with the grinding pulse of heavy metal. He plays mostly original compositions, which are strongly influenced by the Armenian folk tradition, often using its scales and modalities.

The selections on this playlist are culled from his astonishing 2016 collaboration on the ECM label titled Atmosphères with Arne Henriksen, Eivend Aarset and Jan Bang, selections from a 2010 solo release titled A Fable, his 2014 album Shadow Theater, 2015’s Mockroot and Luys I Luso – an album of Armenian sacred music featuring the Yerevan State Chamber Choir, An Ancient Observer from 2017, and his latest EP For Gyumri.

You’ll be hearing a lot of this budding virtuoso in the future, so enjoy.

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